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Unless I've misunderstood the definition of population density, I would have thought that the risk of extinction would be higher with high population densities.

At least from what I know, population density is something about how close in contact members of a population are with each other, NOT how big/small a population is (?). In this case, say if a disease were to enter a population, would the risk of extinction as a result of this disease not be much higher at HIGH population densities, as individuals are closer together and thus more likely/able to transmit the disease? Correct me if I'm wrong, please.
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I agree with your reasoning and I don't know what the actual answer is, but it could be related to likelihood of finding a mate at low population density? Alternatively could it be a correlation not causation situation - higher population density likely means a more successful population in general and not as small numbers?
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